Warner Bros. has released the first photo of AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in “The Carrie Diaries,” the CW pilot about the budding writer/fashionista’s high school years.
Yes, that means the following image is a look at Carrie — the teen who, we’re betting, just can’t help but wonder — circa the 1980s.
Readers, I ask: Does this seem ‘80s enough to you?
It definitely contains some classic ’80s fashion flavors — flouncy, crinoline-enhanced skirt, bright-colored pumps, slightly gaudy patterns and textures (leopard print and sequins), and what appears to be a rainbow belt with a heart as its buckle.
It’s pretty cute. But there are also a couple of things that seem not quite authentic about it. For starters:
It’s actually cute. Much of what people wore in the ’80s would not qualify as cute in contemporary society. It would qualify as a comedy routine. If the show stayed completely true to the decade, Robb would potentially look like a walking bouquet of glow sticks.
Clearly the makers of “The Carrie Diaries” aim to set fashion trends the way “Sex and the City” did, or to at least inspire a clothing line at Banana Republic. Therefore, they kind of have to take elements of MTV-decade style and cute-ify them. But in the process, that also means that they might lose a few authenticity points. (For the record, this is why the Gap never tried to sell us “Freaks and Geeks” apparel.)
Her hair needs to be bigger.
Robb’s locks definitely suggest they’ve been semi-permed or at least have come in contact with a curling iron, not unlike the Sarah Jessica Parker Bradshaw we know and love. But the volume needs to be pumped up significantly, or at least enough to seem era-specific without making Carrie look like she’s forming her own hair band.
I demand bracelets.
I realize this is only one outfit. But for future reference, ’80s Carrie would totally be wearing a mega-amount of bracelets on her arm: several of the coil kind and at least 800 of the jelly kind. Carrie is an accessorizer. Hence, during this period, it’s imperative that we should never see her forearms.
Oh, and one last thing.
Robb looks adorable. She’s a good casting choice. But, technically, ’80s-era Carrie Bradshaw will always look like the girl resting her chin on her hands on the cover of this DVD.